The searing sun hides now in the pinecones,
that challenge each other to grow
and boiling acorns drop to the ground like winter hail.
covers up and hazy car windows morph into obtrusive early fall heat
and know-it-all crows sail as if they own the sky.
Large spiders sneak inside the mudroom
undetected behind bags of cat food
and run during the night.
strange animals snatch birdfeeders even while
car air conditioners still roar.
Never ready for winter and black ice,
summer with black snakes and warm Roanoke River
filled with cans and hooks and Kroger bags.